The Doom That Came to Sarnath, Page 3

The Doom That Came to Sarnath, Page 3

Another page completed! I promise that as the story goes on, it won’t be entirely drawings of grasslands and reedy lakeshores. But oh, I love drawing them!

Stay tuned next week for more Sarnath pages. In the meantime, I wrote another feature on Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos over at Crunchyroll. This anime just gets nerdier and nerdier: how strange is it that Call of Cthulhu, which came to Japan 25 years ago, a land where tabletop RPGs are even less popular than America, now has an anime series blatantly making Call of Cthulhu references? I expect this to send a sanity-blasting shockwave through the Lovecraft community, regardless of how they feel about big-eyed girls hitting on misanthropic sexphobic guys (sounds like the plot of “The Thing on the Doorstep” to me) and the other anime tropes.

In other news, Nick Marsh, one of the players in Paul MacLean’s “Horror on the Orient Express” Call of Cthulhu campaign, has set up a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to produce a novelization of their adventures, The Express Diaries! There’s many, many more bonuses and goodies and dimensions to this that I can’t even list here, on top of the fun of Paul’s original campaign podcast from yog-sothoth.com, which really made me develop a new appreciation of the original campaign by… …. here is where I tried to look for the name of the original author of the RPG only to discover that it has like a dozen names listed and my own copy is in my parents’ house in California so I don’t really have a clue who started the whole thing. But, the podcast is great!! Check out the novelization link for more info. It’s great to see more RPG-related things come to life in other media, especially from the grassroots up.

All right! That’s enough writing! See you all next week!

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  1. Esn says:

    Oi… this story is getting dark…

    I love that vista in the third panel.

  2. Night-Gaunt says:

    This story is essentially about racism with the silent, quiet beings of IB the ones being murdered by humans. Unusual story for Lovecraft unless he was already having second thoughts about his own racism against anyone not “Aryan.”

  3. Jason says:

    It’s an interesting question, because the story pretty obviously is anti-racism or at least anti-genocide (in the sense that a ‘vengeful ghost’ story is anti-murder). But then again, even after it was written, Lovecraft was still talking about how black people were genetically inferior and how there ought to be quotas in universities to keep so many Jews out. :/ So I don’t know if he was taking his own medicine…

  4. Night-Gaunt says:

    He also had friends who where Jews so I wonder if had some left over conditioning from his father and other family members?

  5. You reminded me, I need to read the Hippocampus Press edition of Samuel Loveman’s poems! Loveman was Lovecraft’s first Jewish friend. Sadly, after he read Lovecraft’s letters after Lovecraft’s death, he was disgusted at Lovecraft’s anti-Semitism (which he’d hidden from Loveman in person) and basically renounced their friendship.

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